|Issue No 109||31 August 2001|
Green Tin Box Values Gone At Commonwealth
By Andrew Casey
A cleaner who has been working for more than eight years at the Commonwealth Bank's original Sydney head office may not have a job next week because the bank has decided to change cleaning contractors.
The old nine-storey head office is on the corner of Pitt St and Martin Place.
This building was the model for the green tin savings boxes the Commonwealth handed out for over 70 years to generations of Australian school children.
" The era of the green tin money boxes have passed," Sonia Minutillo, the Executive Vice President of the LHMU Cleaners Union said.
" The era of banks providing a friendly face and a service to customers has also passed.
" And an era of banks treating all their workers, especially long term workers, with some civility has long passed away.
" Our members went on a snap strike on Thursday night at the old building,, at 120 Pitt St, demanding to be treated with a little bit more respect."
LHMU Cleaning Union members leafleted the other workers, and passers-by in Pitt St, on Thursday and Friday explaining the issues and calling for support.
"The bank has decided to change cleaning contractors but no one has told the workers what will happen to them," Sonia Minutillo said.
"The custom and practice in this industry is that when a cleaning contract changes the existing workforce is given the first offer of a job. It hasn't happened this time.
"Long term employees have been refused ongoing employment for no reason.
"This is hardly fair," Sonia said.
Show your support for the members of the LHMU Cleaners Union by ringing the Commonwealth Bank's managing agent, Jones Lang Le Salle, and the Commonwealth Bank's HR people.
At Jones Lang Le Salle contact Kylie Thorton ( 9220 8409) or Paul Nelson ( 9220 8438)
At the Commonwealth Bank ring Angelica on 9378 3265.
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